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Brandy Monk-Payton

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Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 435



PhD, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

MA, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

BA, Film and Media Studies, Swarthmore College

Biography and Research Interests

Prof. Brandy Monk-Payton is a media and black cultural studies scholar specializing in the history and theory of African American media representation and cultural production. Broadly, her research engages with questions concerning race as they relate to topics in television, film, and digital media studies, as well as United States public and popular culture. She is currently in the process of completing two book projects: one on contemporary black celebrity culture and another on television and Black Lives Matter. She has also been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and PBS NewsHour.

Selected Publications

"Black Celebrity Matters: On the Instability of Fame" in Celebrity Studies 13.1 (2022), 115-122.

“Staging Womanist Visibility in Red Table Talk” in Women's Studies in Communication 43.4 (December 2020), 333-340.

“Introducing the First Black Bachelorette: Race, Diversity, and Courting Without Commitment” in Communication, Culture and Critique 12.2 (June 2019), 247-267.

“Blackness and Televisual Reparations” in Film Quarterly 71.2 (Winter 2017), 12-18.

“#LaughingWhileBlack: Gender and the Comedy of Social Media Blackness” in Feminist Media Histories Special Issue on “Gender and Comedy” 3.2 (Spring 2017), 15-35.

“Worship at the Altar of Perry: Spectatorship and the Aesthetics of Testimony” in From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry. Eds. Karen Bowdre, Samantha Sheppard, TreaAndrea Russworm. University Press of Mississippi (2016).

“The Sound of Scandal: Crisis Management and the Musical Mediation of Racial Desire” in The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research 45.1 (Spring 2015), 21-27.

“‘From S.A. to L.A.’: Branding Transport and Circulating Celebrity in South Africa’s Nonhle Goes to Hollywood” in Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 12.1 (March 2012), online access.

Courses Taught

Ethics of Reality TV
Understanding Television
Television Theory and Criticism
TV, Race, and Civil Rights
African American Cinema
Race, Gender, and Digital Media (PMMA)